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Your Guide to Diving Seychelles

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Diving Seychelles Overview

Paradise on earth. The most beautiful mountainous island chain with the highest coconut palms also has the most beautiful people; a mixture of African, Indian, Chinese and European genes. Even the indigenous Coco de Mer looks sexy! But they offer the world's worst service thanks to currency restrictions that give no incentive to the locals to work more than the minimum. Billed as 3000 miles from anywhere, this group of islands has decent reef diving but it's tidal and on a plateau so rarely more than 60ft/18m deep. Mahe is known for whaleshark migrations. From time-to-time, liveaboards make the long passage to Aldabra, the largest atoll in the Indian Ocean, which has excellent diving and more giant tortoises than the Galapagos. Island. Prices are high while service is low.

Seychelles Seasonal Dive Planner

The islands of the Seychelles are widely spread out in the Indian Ocean, resulting in greatly varying winds, currents, and rainfall. For instance, the main island of Mahe has an annual rainfall of approximately 100 inches (2.5m), while the western atoll of Aldabra receives only 39 inches (1m) a year. Generally speaking, the wettest months are December, January, and February. Land temperatures are consistent throughout the year, rarely dropping below 76°F (24°C). Rain, algae blooms, and winds affect the diving conditions. The Seychelles are mostly unaffected by cyclones. Diving is possible year-round; the best months are considered to be April/May and October/November.

Diving Seychelles Reader Reports and Feature Articles

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Underwater Centre & Dive Seychelles Report in Seychelles/Mahe
"Customer Service Focus"
filed Dec 16, 2022 by McIntyre & Potappel (Experience: 501-1000 dives)
3 stars

Founded in 1976, the Underwater Centre ownership changed in Sept. 2021 and the website is being revised. The Centre is conveniently loc... ... Read more Photos available

Blue Sea Divers/Chteau Elysium Report in Seychelles/Beau Vallon
"Easy diving with lots to see; great beach vacation"
filed Apr 8, 2019 by Gareth Richards (Experience: 251-500 dives, 9 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
4 stars

We traveled in late March/early April 2019. I could not find many recent reviews about the Seychelles so I will try to be complete. We ... ... Read more

Galatea Report in Seychelles LiveAboard
"Unique liveaboard program, excellent diving plus shore excursions"
filed Apr 8, 2019 by Gareth Richards (Experience: 251-500 dives, 9 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
4 stars

The Galatea is one of 3 liveaboards operating out of the Seychelles. We traveled in late March/early April 2019. I could not find many ... ... Read more

Octopus Diver/Cote d'Or Footprints Report in Seychelles/Praslin Island
"Good beginner diving, experienced will be disappointed"
filed Nov 28, 2015 by Susan Sparkman (Experience: 501-1000 dives)
3 stars

Octopus Diver. Their location is on the beach. There is an area for setup and nitrox is available free. You will set up your gear i... ... Read more

Blue Marine Diving/Amitie Chalets Report in Seychelles/Praslin, LaDigue Islands
filed Sep 14, 2008 by Stanley Zuk (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 11 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
3 stars

I'm writing another report about diving the Seychelles, since because of my short vacation time, I went there again to dive in late Aug... ... Read more

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Diving Seychelles Articles - Liveaboards

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A Creative Way to Create Marine Parks and the U.S. Must Step Up, 4/18
National Geographic Explorer, real pirates use nets, 10/09

Diving Seychelles Articles - Land Based

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Somali Pirates Also Going After Dive Boats, 5/09

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Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Seychelles

The books below are my favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are available at a significant discount from; just follow the links. -- BD

Reef Fish of the East Indies Reef Fish of the East Indies
by Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman

It's got a list price of $250 and a weight of 14 pounds, but the price and the poundage will be worth it to add this three-volume set to your library. Renowned marine biologists Gerald R. Allen and Mark V. Erdman have combined 60 years of surveys, fieldwork and research to create the most definitive guide of the Coral Triangle to date, perhaps forever. The 1,292 pages of text and 3,600 photographs (40 percent of which are of fish not seen before in print) gives comprehensive information on every known reef fish species from a region known as the global epicenter of marine biodiversity. An essential reference for any scuba diver.

Click here to buy it at Amazon.

Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Paul Humann and Ned Deloach

Paul Humann and Ned Deloach have done it again, releasing a definitive identification guide to 1600 extraordinary reef creatures of the Tropical Pacific. with this 500+ page softbound guide, you get upwards of 2000 exceptional photos of shrimp and crabs and stars and worms and lobsters and nudibranchs and slugs and squid and bivalves . . . well, all those invertebrates that move along the reefs of this region without fining, so it seems. There are several photos of some creatures to help you identify them during different life stages, and about ten percent of the book is descriptive copy so you can tie down your identification. Even if you have no plans to go to the tropical Pacific, just to thumb through the pages, gawk at the complexity and uniqueness of these animals, and read a thumbnail sketch will give any serious diver vicarious thrills for endless hours.

Click here to buy it at Amazon.

Four Fish Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape
by Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock

This dynamic duo's book describes 130 dive sites of Raja Ampat, Triton Bay and Cenderawasih Bay, while offering practical information about the area. The detailed descriptions of the sites, complete with GPS coordinates, explains the terrain, how to dive the site, and the kinds of animals, coral and critters you can expect. Excellent photographs will help you identify many of the critters you will encounter.

If you have been to Raja Ampat, or dream about going, this thoughtful and well-illustrated book is for you.

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Diving Southeast Asia Diving Southeast Asia
by Beth & Shaun Tierney

This just-published, 302-page, soft-bound guide by Beth and Shaun Tierney, is a must for anyone contemplating diving in Indonesia, Malaysia or Thailand. Where is Sipadan? Raja Ampat? Komodo? Richeliu Rock? Maps make it easy to pinpoint dive destinations and travel routes. Destination and 250 dive site descriptions (with tables on depth, visibility and currents) help you determine whether you’ll see big fish in the blue or pygmy seahorses in the muck. There’s a lot of supplemental information such as travel tips, health tips, and resorts and liveaboard descriptions.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.

Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide
by Gerald R. Allen, Roger Steene.

I was trying to pack light for a change. Surely the Solomon Sea would have good identification books aboard. Not so; the only book on the boat belonged to a fellow passenger. It was one that I had not seen before, the Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide, by two of the best fish guys around, Gerry Allen and Roger Steene. The problem was this fellow passenger kept it in a plastic baggie most of the trip and I had to beg to see it. Great book, good traveling size, and it covers everything from fish, shells, marine plants, mammals, corals, and invertebrates to sea birds and more. Now I've got my own, and it won't do you any good to beg me to borrow it. This is one of two books that I will not travel to the Pacific without. Good for travel to the Red Sea, East Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Andaman Sea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Micronesia, Polynesia, and Hawaii, it has 1,800 color illustrations in a 6x8 1/2 paperback format with 378 pages. $39.95.

Malaysia Macrolife A Diver's Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife
by Andrea and Antonet La Ferrari

We just discovered the ultimate guide to Indo-Pacific macro life. It was published late last year by marine photographers and writers Andrea and Antonet La Ferrari, who have several other winning books in their portfolio. They picture and describe in full detail 600 different species, focusing on those found in the South China, Sulu, and Sulawesi seas. From colorful nudibranchs to cleaner shrimps and pipe fish, to larger species like cuttlefish and clown fish. Each description offers an insight on distribution, habitat, size, life habits, and U/W photo tips. Illustrated with more than 800 extraordinary color photographs and written in a clear, concise, informative style, this book is both a macro and fish field guide for all serious divers from the Maldives to Australia. A must for traveling divers.

Click here to buy it at Amazon.

Reef Fish ID Reef Fish Identification: Tropical Pacific
by Gerald Allen, Rodger Steene, Paul Humann, & Ned Deloach

At last, here's a comprehensive fish ID guide covering the reefs of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The generous 500-page text, displaying 2,500 underwater photographs of 2,000 species, identifies the myriad fishes that inhabit the warm tropical seas between Thailand and Tahiti. The concise text accompanying each species portrait includes the fish's common, scientific and family names, size, description, visually distinctive features, preferred habitat, typical behavior, depth range, and geographical distribution. This is an essential book for every diver traveling westward. 6x9 inches.

Click here to buy it at Amazon.

Diving Southeast Asia There's a Cockroach in My Regulator
by Undercurrent

The Best of Undercurrent: Bizarre and Brilliant True Diving Tales from Thirty Years of Undercurrent.

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You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.


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